James Wishart was born on 4 May 1888 in Dunfermline, Fife. He was the son of John Wishart, a carter from Crossgates and his wife, Isabella Swan. In 1891 the family lived at 1 Woodmill Street in Dunfermline and ten years later at 77 Nethertown Broad Street. By 1911 the family were still at the same address and James, having left school, was then working as a Coal Miner Drawer.
James enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery and assigned to the 157th Battery which was a Heavy Battery unit. James was posted overseas to Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 11 July 1916, however, as none of James’ service papers have survived exact details of his military service are currently uncertain. It is known that he became ill with typhus and died in Baghdad on 28 May 1918.
James is buried in Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery (Grave no XII.L.10.)